Lou Martin

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Lou Martin
Birth name Louis Martin
Born 12 August 1949
BelfastNorthern Ireland
Died 17 August 2012 (aged 63)
Associated acts

Louis “Lou” Martin (12 August 1949[1] – 17 August 2012) was a piano and organ player from BelfastNorthern Ireland, most famous for his work with the London-based band Killing Floor, and with fellow Irish musician Rory Gallagher.[2][3]

Career[edit source | editbeta]

Martin started learning the piano at the age of six, and joined his first professional band, Killing Floor, in April or May 1968.[1] In 1969 Martin and Stuart McDonald were recruited by 17 year-old Darryl Read who formed a band for Emperor Rosko‘s brother (Jeff Pasternak) called Crayon Angels, which Read put together and played drums, while Rosko acted as manager.[citation needed] Martin later left Killing Floor to play alongside Gallagher, and is featured on several of Gallagher’s albums, including BlueprintIrish Tour ’74TattooAgainst the GrainCalling CardDefender and Fresh Evidence.[2] He also played rhythm guitar on one track, “Race the Breeze” from Blueprint.[1]

After leaving Gallagher’s band, Martin and drummer Rod de’Ath formed Ramrod, after which Martin played with Downliners Sect and Screaming Lord Sutch, and also toured with Chuck Berry and Albert Collins.[1]

Martin played in the Nickey Barclay band in London in the 1980s, alongside Barclay (ex-Fanny) on keyboards, with John Conroy[4] (ex-Sam Mitchell Band) andDave Ball on lead guitar (ex-Procol Harum). The band played across London on the blues rock circuit during the 1980s at venues such as The White Lion, Putney; The Star and Garter on Lower Richmond Road; The Golden Lion, Fulham and the Cartoon, Croydon.

Killing Floor released an album in 2004 named Zero Tolerance, on which Martin participated.[5]

Death[edit source | editbeta]

After a period of illness including a battle against cancer and a number of strokes, Martin died peacefully in BournemouthDorset on 17 August 2012, aged 63.[6]

References[edit source | editbeta]

  1. a b c d “Gygax, Markus – Interview with Lou Martin”. roryon.com. July 1988. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  2. a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Rock Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-312-1, p. 401
  3. ^ Muise, Dan (2007) Gallagher, Marriott, Derringer and Trower, Hal Leonard, ISBN 978-0-634-02956-1, p. 25-29
  4. ^ “John Conroy’s Story”. Tuvstarr.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  5. ^ “Killing Floor – Zero Tolerance. Progboard. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  6. ^ “A blue day for the blues – Lou Martin R.I.P.”. www.rorygallagher.com. 17 August 2012.

Studio albums
Live albums
  • The Story So Far
  • Sinner… And Saint
  • Take It Easy Baby
  • Etched in Blue
  • A Blue Day for the Blues
  • Last of the Independants
  • BBC Sessions
  • Wheels Within Wheels
  • Big Guns: The Very Best of Rory Gallagher
  • The Essential
  • Crest of a Wave: The Best of Rory Gallagher
Box sets
  • Message to Love
  • Irish Tour 1974
  • The Old Grey Whistle Test: Vol. 1
  • At Rockpalast
  • The Complete Rockpalast Collection
  • Songs & Stories: New York Remembers Rory Gallagher
  • Live at Cork Opera House
  • Live in Cork
  • Live at Montreux
  • Live at Rockpalast (5 Concerts 1976-1990)
  • Shadow Play (5 Concerts 1976-1990
Taste albums
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